China renames 11 places in Arunachal Pradesh as "South Tibet" in an attempt to claim the region.
As part of its efforts to reemphasize its claim over the state, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs has released a set of new names for 11 places in Arunachal Pradesh.
This is the 3rd time that China has "renamed" places in Arunachal Pradesh, which it refers to as "Zangnan, the southern region of Tibet."
According to State Council regulations on geographical names, the list of names released by China includes five mountain peaks, two land areas, two residential areas, and two rivers.
India has dismissed China's move to rename some locations in Arunachal Pradesh, claiming that the state has "always been" and will "always be" an intrinsic part of the Union of India, and that assigning "invented" names doesn't alter this fact.
India's Ministry of External Affairs responds "Arunachal was, is, and always will be ours."
China announced the first list of names in 2017, just days after the Dalai Lama visited Arunachal Pradesh.
China was harshly critical of the Tibetan spiritual leader's visit.